Transition Town Montpelier July Newsletter

Transition Town Montpelier

From Oil Dependency to Community Resiliency:
Bringing the Head, Heart, and Hands of Communities Together
to Relocalize and Reskill

*July 2015 Newsletter*

Transition Town Montpelier Events

There are no Transition Town Montpelier Events this Summer.  We are taking some time off.  We will be back with the Speaker Series at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library this Fall.  In the meantime, you can hear the latest transition-related news and enjoy a wide variety of community events.

Transition Town US News

The radio show “Here and Now” did a feature on Transition Streets, last month. Transition Streets is a tried-and-tested, award-winning behaviour-change project to cut energy use and strengthen your neighbourhood.  You can listen to the feature here.  For more information on the transition streets website.

Community Events

Tree, Shrub, and Herb Walks at Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury: 

Annie McCleary be leading Tree, Shrub and Herb Walks on Wednesday, July 8, and on Thursday, July 16, both from 4:30pm to 6pm at Wisdom of the Herbs School, 1005 County Rd in Woodbury. The Walks will be in different habitats, so feel free to come to both if you like! Sliding scale 0 to $10. Preregistration is appreciated, call Annie at 456-8122 or annie.mccleary@gmail.com. Please give me your phone number, just in case.Children welcome. Directions to the School are here:http://www.wisdomoftheherbsschool.com/location.html . George Lisi’s poetry books,Through the Gate of Trees, and The Home of Light, will be available at all of my Walks.

Botanical Drawing with Jesse Lovasco:  Saturday, July 18th from from 10am to 1pm at the Harmonized Earth  During this hands-on learning experience, participants will gain drawing skills, explore plant families, and draw specimens. Jesse is a seasoned educator who is certified through Yestermorrow.  $45 includes all materials. Questions? Email contact@jesselovasco.com.  Email Lisa Masé to register.

350VT Legislative Potluck and Info Event:  Thursday July 9 New Shelter in Hubbard Park, Montpelier.  This will be an end of the legislative session potluck and info event to recap the climate action highlights of the 2015 session and begin shaping priorities for 2016. This is a chance to meet and network with others who share an interest in climate change activism and to get up-to-date information on what is happening in Vermont and what you can do to influence Vermont’s safe and sustainable energy future.  Representative Mary Hooper, Co-Chair of the Legislative Climate Caucus, will offer her perspective on what’s ahead. Ben Walsh from the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), Jim Murphy, National Wildlife Federation senior counsel,Maeve McBride, 350VT and Robb Kidd from the Sierra Club will update us on the carbon pollution tax, tar sands, divestment and clean water legislation.  Bring your own beverage and a side dish to share. 350 will provide paper goods, burgers (meat and veggie) to grill and condiments.  PLEASE RSVP. EMAIL BRITTANY DUNN AT Brittany@350vt.org.

State Energy Plan Forums in July:  The Public Service Department will be holding a series of four public forums around the state in July to solicit Vermonters’ thoughts on how the state can meet its energy goals – and energy needs – in the coming years. The input will inform the next revision of Vermont’s long-range, Comprehensive Energy Plan.  “In 2011, Vermont established a widely supported goal of getting 90 percent of our energy from renewable sources by 2050. Now, we want to hear more from Vermonters on how they think we should prioritize possible pathways and tools to meet this important goal,” said Asa Hopkins, the department’s Director of Energy Policy and Planning.  One of the department’s goals for the updated plan is to establish nearer-term targets that balance technology constraints, cost, carbon considerations and community concerns. The department will also host a series of forums, soliciting further public input, when a draft is available. Those will likely take place in September and October.  The July forums all run from 5:30 pm to 8 pm. (Refreshments start at 5:30 and the official program starts at 6.)

Dates and locations are:

  • July 9 – Woodstock (Billings Farm and Museum)
  • July 16 – Middlebury (Town Hall Theater)
  • July 20 – Manchester (Manchester Community Library)
  • July 23 – St Albans (Bellows Free Academy)

For more information on the CEP, visit: http://www.energyplan.vt.gov

News

CarShare Montpelier: CarShare Vermont is here. This is an important step to making Montpelier an awesome place to live, even if you don’t have a car. Why own a car, which sits on average 98% of the time, when you can share? If you are interested in this service, click here to learn more, or sign-up!  If you work in Montpelier, and your employer could use this service, please spread the word.  There is a car at City Hall and another at the Library. Watch for the CarShare table at the Montpelier Farmer’s Market.

Onion River Exchange Tool Library: The Onion River Exchange has a tool library for ORE members.  The hours of operation Wednesdays 4-6 pm.  Saturday hours to be announced.  They have an orbital sander, drop clothes, safety equipment, industrial extension cords, a circular saw, .cordless drill, wet vac, jigsaw, etc.  More info at www.orexchange.org.

Open for Summer – New Location – Walking Onion Plant Nursery.  Walking Onion grows and sells herbaceous, perennial plants raised in healthy, living soil. We specialize in perennial vegetables for the edible ecosystem. Check out ourspring catalog, and come visit us at our new location. We also offer edible and ecological design and installation. We are on the Country Road (#1573) not far from town, open by appointment. Local deliveries available.  Call 802.793.4247 or write walkingonionllc@gmail.com.  You can also find us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WalkingOnion
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